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Old 04-06-2003, 10:36 AM   #1
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My 345 Project, The Front End

This is my first attempt at a post so please be patient. All suggestions and tips will be appreciated.
I am taking over my Mother's 1988 Classic 345. It has been in the family since September 1993.
No one can remember if it has ever been washed since 1993. It is still in decent shape, but a major project for me as I get it into better condition. It has been and will continue to be stored outside for now. We live in Houston and the coach has moved here from Orlando.
I have been reading the posting regarding care and polishing of the skin. That will have to wait for awhile as time is not something I have a lot of.
The worst looking part of the unit for now is the front. The black paint is deteriorating around the windshield edges. I will want to improve the appearance of the grille as well. How should I attack this condition?
Any other general comments would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 04-06-2003, 11:54 AM   #2
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The front grill

When I first got my MH, the front grill was completely painted in a grey color by some previous owner. I taped off all the surrounding aluminum panels and applied paint stripper. I used my garden hose to blast the old paint off, being careful to point it away from the aluminum skin.
I used black satin Rustoleum and a small artist brush to paint the black areas on the grill. A rag soaked with paint thinner allowed me to keep a very clean edge next to the parts that remain bare aluminum.
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